This is about the 2014 Godzilla movie directed by Gareth Edwards.
Updated from the original ‘Godzilla is coming!’ because, well, Godzilla is here! I’ve seen it, and it’s great!
When I first heard about a new American Godzilla movie I was just a tad cautious. The 1998 effort, starring Matthew Broderick, wasn’t that bad but, well, name aside it wasn’t Godzilla. I’ve lost count of how many Japanese Godzilla films I’ve seen – ranging from the 1954 original Gojira (a portmanteau of the Japanese for gorilla and whale, don’t you know?) all the way through to 2004’s Final Wars (in which the Japanese Godzilla destroys the American Zilla (as officially renamed by copyright owners Toho) in all of 5 seconds) – but I’ve loved them all. Yes, even Son of Godzilla, although that did throw up the question about whether Godzilla should be king of the monsters, or queen? He’s had a baby? What’s going on around here?
My love for all things kaiju has taken me on quite a journey, from The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, The X from Outer Space, The Valley of Gwangi, Britain’s own Gorgo, South Korea’s rather wonderful Yonggary, the turtle-tastic Gamera, and many others, all the way through to last year’s pretty mind-blowing (both in cost and in awesomeness) Pacific Rim – but I’ve always come back to the big G. My favourite film featuring him is probably 1964’s Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (bonkers plot, great monster battles), while my favourite Godzilla foe is Ebirah the giant red lobster.
The new Godzilla became real for me when friends living near filming were able to send me copies of daily shooting schedules. Since then there has been a perfectly measured drip-feed of official information. The early trailers focussed on the human element, with oh so brief teases of monster action. As the release data drew closer we got glimpses of Godzilla and the MUTOs (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms) that he does battle with. Add in nuclear explosions, tsunamis & city-wide destruction and you’re looking at one hell of a movie. It is massive. I was ridiculously excited, and I’m ecstatic having finally seen it. And I’m going again tomorrow!
Godzilla is directed by Gareth Edwards, the brains behind 2010’s low budget Monsters, a superb movie that looks like it cost a hundred times more than it did, so we’re in safe hands there. It also features a strong cast including Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, and the wonderful Sally Hawkins (a gem in Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky).
I don’t want to give too much away but it is epic. A respectful origin story, MASSIVE monsters, awesome fight scenes, atomic breath (sent shivers up my spine)… Godzilla delivers, big time!
Check out the extended trailer for some pretty epic scenes:
Check out the “Asia” trailer for some massive monster action:
And check out the “Let them fight!” sequence for… well, for some more massive monster action: